Horse Illustrated Podcast Episode 16

Horse Illustrated Podcast Episode 16 features small business owner Shelly Watts and horse trainer/writer Dale Rudin.


In podcast episode 16 of The Horse Illustrated Episode of Horses in the Morning, sponsored by Straight Arrow Products, hosts Glenn the Geek and Holly Caccamise chat with a small business owner and one of Horse Illustrated’s long-time contributing writers about a recent article.

Listen now to meet Shelly Watts, the founder and CEO of Muirneen Equestrian, and Dale Rudin, a welfare-centered horse trainer, about her recent “5 Freedoms” article in Horse Illustrated. Plus, hear about the ASPCA Right Horse adoptable horse of the month, Maverick, offered by the Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation Inc in Palm City, Florida.

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Hosts: Holly Caccamise, Editor in Chief of Horse Illustrated & Young Rider and Glenn the Geek, host of Horses in the Morning.
Title Sponsor: Straight Arrow Family of Brands
Presenting Sponsor: Horse Illustrated

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Shelley Watts, founder and CEO of Muirneen Equestrian

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Photo by Renae Mona Photography

Shelly Watts is the founder and CEO of Muirneen Equestrian. Muirneen riding apparel is made in the USA by sewists making a fair and living wage. The social mission of Muirneen is to make ethical apparel, promote size inclusivity, and showcase diversity in the equestrian sport.

Shelly serves as a leader of Detroit Horse Power, advisory board member of the Wild Beauty Foundation, and moderator of the English Plus Sized Rider group on Facebook. Muirneen Equestrian is an official sponsor of the USA Pentathlon Team through the 2024 Paris Olympics. The company is named after her retired OTTB, Muirneen.

Learn more about Muirneen Equestrian.

Dale Rudin, CHA-certified Riding Instructor

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Photo by Catherine Shand/SHANDPhotography

Dale Rudin is a Certified Horsemanship Association certified English and western riding instructor, Certified Equine Nutritionist, and welfare-centered horse trainer. Her passion is to help humans and horses experience joyful lives together. Dale is a founding member of Force Free Tennessee, an advocacy group for humane treatment of animals and a member of the Pet Professionals Guild. She is an evidence-based equine rehabilitation specialist. She teaches and trains using compassionate communication techniques such as positive reinforcement and clicker training.

Dale is the president of Pure Joy Horse Haven Equine Sanctuary and Education Center, a not-for-profit organization that restores horses with severe behavioral issues, emotional trauma, and physical challenges, and provides them with a safe and loving life-long home. Dale has been published in Horse Illustrated,, and WoofOnNashville. Dale offers horse training, riding instruction, and clinics at her farm in Santa Fe, Tennessee, and surrounding areas. She is available for wellness and nutrition consultations in person and remotely as well as behavioral assessments, and saddle fitting. Visit for more information and to check out her horse care and nutrition products, and online events.

Read the 5 Freedoms article written by Dale that was featured in the July 2022 issue of Horse Illustrated.

Featured Adoptable Horse

Meet Maverick, the ASPCA’s Right Horse adoptable horse of the month, a 7-year-old Mustang gelding offered by the Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation Inc, Palm City, Florida.

Learn more about Maverick.

Website: ASPCA
Instagram: @TheRightHorse

Title Sponsor of Podcast Episode 16

Straight Arrow Mane n' Tail

We want to thank our Title Sponsor, the Straight Arrow Family of Brands, makers of Mane ‘n Tail, Cowboy Magic & Exhibitor’s, with over 100 years of grooming excellence. For more information about your favorite products, please visit and find Straight Arrow Products at a tack shop near you!


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